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CAE Delivers AWACS Training Devices (Sept. 19)



TORONTO---CAE today announced the United States Air Force (USAF) has accepted for training two E-3 Operational Flight Trainers (OFT) and an E-3 Flight Training Device (FTD), simulating the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

The suite of E-3 training devices, designed and manufactured by CAE and initially ordered in November 1999, was delivered ahead of schedule to the new E-3 Flight Crew Training Facility operated by L-3 Communications' Link Simulation & Training division. The E-3 Flight Crew Training Facility is located near Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The two E-3 OFTs, which exceed the FAA's Level D qualification standards, feature the CAE Medallion visual system and a 225-degree by 50-degree field-of-view display system. The CAE-designed E-3 OFTs also feature sophisticated aircraft simulation models, such as the downwash effects of air-to-air refuelling. These advanced full-fidelity simulation models together with the CAE Medallion visual system significantly enhance the fidelity and realism of training for USAF E-3 aircrews. In addition, both the E-3 OFTs and the E-3 FTD can be networked so aircrews can practice and rehearse team exercises and joint missions.

"CAE's technological leadership in flight simulation is particularly evident in the E-3 simulators we've designed for the USAF," said Donald W. Campbell, Group President, Military Simulation and Training, CAE. "The E-3 aircraft and its crews play a critical role in patrolling, monitoring and coordinating a range of activities for the U.S. military. We're proud to have contributed to delivering an advanced training system that will help ensure the E-3 aircrews are mission ready whenever called upon."

CAE is a global leader in providing advanced simulation and controls equipment and integrated training solutions for customers in the military, marine and civil aviation markets. With annual revenues in excess of $1 billion, CAE employs more than 6,000 people in Canada, the United States and around the globe.

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CAE Delivers E-3 Training Devices to L-3 Communications' Link S&T Division